The Man and I had a fabulous time in Scotland last week. The weather was, by Scottish standards, absolutely wonderful and we took full advantage of the outdoors. The food where we were staying was fantastic (not a given in that part of the world I’m told) and I had a carrot cake that defies words. Literally mind-blowing. No words.
Needless to say, we were sorry to leave. Lucky me though, I got to bring home a memento of our trip… a cold. Brrrr. My head feels like it’s full of cotton and my throat is permanently dry and scratchy. I’ve already gone through one box of tissues and am tearing my way through a second one.
What’s a girl to do to feel better? Chicken soup! Except I don’t eat chicken. Instead I went out and bought delicious seasonal root vegetables and started free-styling my way to a suitable vegan substitute. The result was this delectable, warm, comforting soup that is guaranteed to make you forget chicken soup all together.
Vancouver, Oct 2015
It’s officially autumn!!!! MY FAVORITE SEASON all year. I have no shame in admitting I am a soup-a-holic, and this is perfect soup season. Today- I’m making a plant-based, wholesome, hearty, spicy and warming soup. As it’s squash season, use your favorite if you don’t like butternut squash. Let me know if you like this!
Today the four of us are happy to share a special post! The nice people at www.aloha.com asked us if we’d be interested in sharing our health and food tips for Spring and it got us thinking… what are we doing for our bodies and minds? With New Years’ resolutions but a faint memory, we decided to make new ones!
In this post each of us shares our Spring resolution accompanied by a recipe that will help to achieve our objective.
We hope that you’ll enjoy this post and that it will encourage you to make a Spring resolution as well. What will you do for yourself in the coming months? Please share!
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
The Man and I are back in Luxembourg after spending a few weeks catching up with everyone in Paris. The weather here is a little bizarre… one minute there’s snow, then nasty rain. Hmmm. Soup weather you say? Absolutely! It makes me yearn for the soup I made a couple of weeks ago in Herblay: thick, velvety, wintery parsnip soup.
I immediately thought of Hanin who, after she tasted this soup a year or so ago, made me promise to share the recipe. The original comes from my all-time favorite 400-Best Ever Soups cookbook (the same book that inspired my French Onion Soup post). Since I’m laying off dairy and meat, I made vegan alterations for ingredients like chicken stock and butter. The result is a lighter parsnip soup that’s just as good as the original and less caloric to boot!
Can you feel it’s autumn yet in Europe? Sure can here! We’ve had a few rain and wind storms already here in Vancouver. I’ve been recovering from a persistent cold and wanted some wholesome comfort food. This recipe is delicious, extremely simple and hearty. I served it with some crème fraiche with a scrumptious dijon grilled cheese. I bundled up in front of the TV with this and it was perfect. Enjoy!
Happy weekend everyone.
Today was one of those days when in spite of it being August I wanted some thing warming and hearty. Maybe that had something to do with the charcoal grey sky, pounding rain and wild gusts of wind. Hope the weather is better where you are.
Lentil stew was just the ticket. It is is super low fat and filling so fits right in with my major diet regime. One pays for all those yummy meals in Milos, you know!
This is what I made today. Continue reading
Brrr…. anyone else cold?
Paris can get so damp and miserable this time of year. What better way to keep warm than with a bowl of steaming homemade French onion soup, complete with the requisite heaps of melted gruyère? I’d been promising my Man this very treat for over a year now (in my defence, you can really only make it in the colder months…) so he was thrilled when I busted out my traditional French lion-head bowls and got down to business.
I’m a big fan of onion soup and have tried recipes from a number of cookbooks over the years. I remember in 2008 when Emily came over to help me prepare a batch in the teeny tiny Parisian kitchen I had back then. The soup was tasteless and I was lucky she was there to rescue the meal. In the end, one of my French guests said it was “une vraie soupe à l’onion Parisienne” (a real Parisian onion soup) so we did well – thank you Emi! Continue reading